Marvel Comics by Sean Howe
The Untold Story

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“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” itself is an epic crossover story.
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“Sean Howe’s history of Marvel makes a compulsively readable, riotous and heartbreaking version of my favorite story, that of how a bunch of weirdoes changed the world…That it’s all true is just frosting on the cake.”
—Jonathan Lethem

“Exhaustively researched and artfully assembled, this book is a historical exploration, a labor of love, and a living illustration of how the weirdest corners of the counterculture can sometimes become the culture-at-large.”
— Chuck Klosterman

In the early 1960s, Marvel Comics introduced a series of bright-costumed superhero characters—including Iron Man, the Hulk, Thor, the X-Men, the Fantastic Four, Daredevil, and the Amazing Spider-Man—that would evolve into a modern American mythology for millions of readers. Over the last half-century, these characters have been passed along among generations of brilliant editors, artists, and writers who struggled with commercial mandates, a fickle audience, and, over matters of credit and control, one another. Written by Sean Howe, former comic book reviewer and editor at Entertainment Weekly, Marvel Comics: The Untold Story is a gripping narrative of one of the most extraordinary, beloved, and beleaguered pop cultural entities in America’s history.

 

About Sean Howe

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Sean Howe's writing has appeared in the Los Angeles Times, the New York Observer, Spin, and the Village Voice. He is a former editor and critic at Entertainment Weekly, and the editor of Give Our Regards to the Atomsmashers!: Writers on Comics. He lives in Brooklyn, New York.
 
Published October 9, 2012 by Harper. 496 pages
Genres: Business & Economics, History, Comics & Graphic Novels, Literature & Fiction, Arts & Photography, Humor & Entertainment. Non-fiction
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Critic reviews for Marvel Comics
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NY Times

Good
Reviewed by J. D. Biersdorfer on Nov 16 2012

“Marvel Comics: The Untold Story” itself is an epic crossover story.

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WSJ online

Good
Reviewed by Jonathan V Last on Oct 26 2012

Throughout "Marvel Comics: The Untold Story," Mr. Howe offers vivid reporting and enticing detail.

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LA Times

Above average
Reviewed by Laura Hudson on Oct 14 2012

Comics, as the legendary Kirby said, will break your heart. This book might too.

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